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A 6-year-old Connecticut boy has been hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns after a bully reportedly doused a tennis ball with gasoline, lit it on fire, and threw it at his face.
A GoFundMe to benefit the child and his family has received more than $121,000 in donations at the time of this reporting.
What are the details?
According to a Wednesday report from WNBC-TV, 6-year-old Dominick Krankall was playing in his family's backyard when a neighborhood child called him to another area of the yard and around a corner.
Moments later, Dominick was said to come flying around the corner while screaming, "Mommy, they lit me on fire!"
Dominick's sister, Kayla Deegan, said that the child — an unnamed 8-year-old — attacked Dominick with no warning.
"What he did was pour gasoline on a tennis ball, took a lighter, lit it up, and just chucked it right at my brother's face, and then ran away from him and watched him burn," she told the station.
Dominick — who was left with horrific burns to his face and legs — was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Despite the child's grievous injuries, hospital officials said that the child is expected to recover.
The Bridgeport Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said that up to four unattended children were seen playing with gasoline and lighting objects on fire the day of the incident.
No arrests have been announced at the time of this reporting, and authorities continue to investigate what led up to the incident.
Deegan said that her brother has tangled with the bully in question once before.
“Two months ago under the bully’s mother’s supervision, he was pushed into a wall and fell to the floor," she said. "And again, the mother refuses to admit her kid did it ... It’s heartbreaking, it’s sickening to know the family. There’s nothing being done about this. This needs to be seen everywhere so everyone knows Dom’s story and what he had to go through.”
Dominick's mother, Maria Rua, suggested that her son is lucky to be alive.
“My son has been bullied by this child for a year," Rua told WTNH-TV. "That day, they purposefully threw a gasoline-saturated ball that they lit on fire at my son’s face. They called his name so he would turn around."
She added, "They threw it at Dominick and left him outside alone to die.”
‘Mommy They Lit Me on Fire': CT 6-Year-Old Burned in Horrific Bully Attack, Family Says | News 4 Nowwww.youtube.com
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